DBS Checks & Criminal Record Checks

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DBS Checks for Asylum Seekers & Refugees

Asylum seekers and refugees are eligible for DBS checks, but they may face challenges in obtaining the specific forms of identification required. For non-UK citizens, a biometric residence permit, a valid passport, or a UK driving license with a photo card and counterpart (full or provisional) will be required. 

In cases where an individual does not possess any of these forms of identification, the DBS will still process their check but will need to verify their identity through fingerprinting, which can take longer than a normal DBS check. 

If your organisation is hiring or accepting a volunteer who is an asylum seeker or a refugee, you need to be well-informed about what is required. Care Check provides everything you need to know about obtaining a DBS check for an asylum seeker or refugee below.

Can a Non-UK citizen Get a DBS Check?

Yes, non-UK citizens may be eligible for a DBS check if they are legally able to work in the UK. However, their eligibility will depend on the specific role and requirements of the position for which they are applying.

Tip: If you want to know how to apply for a DBS check from overseas, read our blog.

What are the DBS Check Eligibility Criteria?

The eligibility criteria for a DBS check can vary depending on the type of check and the role for which the check is being conducted. Generally speaking, the main criteria for a DBS check are that the person:

  • Is legally allowed to work in the UK
  • Is over the age of 16
  • Is applying for a role that is eligible for a DBS check, such as a position of trust or authority, or a role that requires regular contact with vulnerable groups

Getting a DBS Check Without Fingerprinting

Having fingerprints taken can feel intimidating, especially for those who have experienced a traumatic refugee situation. So if the asylum seekers that your organisation is working with do not want to be re-fingerprinted, the individuals must go through route one.

Asylum seekers and refugees will need to have one of the following documents, as well as two further documents from either groups 1,2a or 2b to avoid the fingerprint method: 

  • A Biometric residence permit
  • A valid passport 
  • A UK Driving licence with photo card and counterpart (full or provisional) 

Tip: Find out more about DBS ID requirements here.

DBS Checks & Criminal Record Checks

Getting a DBS Check With Fingerprinting

The fingerprint method enables both asylum seekers and refugees to get a DBS check, but this option takes longer. It is an intimidating and intrusive process that most people would rather avoid, but if the refugees and asylum seekers your organisation works with do not have the required documents, this is the remaining option. 

How Does the Fingerprint Method Work?

The fingerprint method involves the following eight steps:

Step 1: Your organisation completes a DBS check and marks Question W59 as “No” on the form, and sends it to the DBS.

Step 2: The DBS will automatically return the form to the organisation because W59 was marked “No”.

Step 3: The organisation will then resend the form to the DBS.

Step 4: Upon receiving the form a second time, the DBS will process it and initiate the fingerprint process.

Step 5: The DBS will then send a consent letter to the individual’s home address.

Step 6: The individual must sign the consent letter and return it with passport photos to authorise their fingerprints to be taken to establish their identity.

Step 7: The DBS will contact the local police station to arrange for fingerprinting, and the local police will then contact the individual to schedule a time.

Step 8: Once the fingerprints are taken, the DBS will run a check and process a DBS disclosure.

Apply for a DBS Check for Refugees & Asylum Seekers

This is the easy part. Care Check has worked with a broad range of industries, from independent care homes, schools, and NHS trusts to construction companies and taxi firms. With over 20 years of experience behind us, we know exactly how to help you.

Whether you need an individual DBS check or bulk DBS checks, we can help. Get in touch with us today to find out more.

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